A GROUP of seven from Waterhead rugby club proved to be ‘warriors’ in every sense as they took part in the National Three Peaks Challenge.
Rugby League legends Barrie McDermott and Kevin Sinfield were joined by Jon Perks, Terry O’Connor, Neil Wheeler, Daryl Rogers and Tommy Howe.
They were raising money for the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund in memory of the former Keighley player who collapsed and died during a game.
And thanks to their fundraising efforts, Waterhead has become the first amateur rugby club to book a CRY screening in which every player will be checked for heart disease or defects.
Barrie, whose other challenges since retiring have included running the London Marathon, climbing Kilimanjaro and to Mount Everest base camp, said: “The Three Peaks was really fun, enjoyable and ultimately worth the lack of sleep and blisters and to do it with a gang of my mates was the best bit.”
The challenge is to climb the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland – Scafell, Snowdon and Ben Nevis – within 24 hours and the Warriors completed it in just over 22 hours.
Lizzie Jones, Danny’s widow, wrote to those taking part: “Just wanted to say a huge thank you for being a huge part of the 2017 Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund Three Peaks Challenge.
“I’m sure you will all agree it was the most horrific, relentless yet amazing thing to be involved in and complete.
“In total together we raised over £22,000. I’m blown away with that figure and can’t tell you how important it is to the future of the fund.
“You have helped me create the most amazing legacy for Danny and I couldn’t be prouder.”